Today in history 6/19/2016-6/25/2016


Today in history, Eratosthenes estimates the circumference of Earth using two sticks in 240 BC.

Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln outlines his Emancipation Proclamation. News of the document reaches the South in 1862.

Today in history, The National Archives and Records Administration is established in 1934.

Today in history, Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova (see picture below), becomes the first woman in space in 1963.

Today in history, The Richmond Virginia Planning Commission approves plans to place a memorial statue of tennis professional Arthur Ashe in 1995.



Today in history, Roman and barbarian warriors halt Attila‘s army at the Catalaunian Plains in eastern France in 451.

Today in history, 18-year-old Victoria (see picture below) is crowned Queen of England in 1837.

Today in history, Eli Whitney applies for a cotton gin patent in 1793.



Today in history, Britain celebrates the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

Today in history, Baseball legend Lou Gehrig (see picture below) is forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–a disease which wastes muscles in 1939.



Today in history, German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich (see picture below) announces a definitive cure for syphilis in 1910.

Today in historyPresident Franklin Roosevelt signs the “GI Bill of Rights” to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war in 1944.

Today in history, The battle for Algiers begins as three buildings in Casbah are blown up in 1956.

Today in historyPresident Richard Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18 in 1970.



Today in history, British and Hanoverian armies defeat the French at Krefeld in Germany in 1758.

Today in history, The U.S. Secret Service is created to arrest counterfeiters and protect the president in 1860.


Today in historyMargaret Brent (see picture below), demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly in 1647.

Today in historyBooker T. Washington (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University in 1896.




Today in historyMarie Curie (see picture below) announces her discovery of radium in 1903.

Today in history, North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War in 1950.



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